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Affordable spay/neuter clinic now open in Cedar Rapids

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

Cats and dogs are now being accepted for spay/neuter surgeries at the new Iowa Humane Alliance Regional Spay/Neuter Clinic in Cedar Rapids.

"We'll do 8 to 10,000 surgeries every year. That'll be about 30 to 35 surgeries a day, five days a week," said Development Director Kathleen Schoon.

The clinic offers affordable surgeries.

"The reason why we're doing this is we know people want to do the right thing by their animals, but sometimes that cost keeps them from doing that," said Schoon.

Development Director Kathleen Schoon said the clinic is important because spaying and neutering is one of the most efficient ways to combat the problem of pet overpopulation.

About half of all litters are unexpected or unwanted. Each day, more than 70,000 puppies and kittens are born. Pet overpopulation causes many shelters across the country to euthanize animals.

"Our shelters are fabulous, we're really lucky to have the shelters we have in the area, but across the country about half of animals going into shelters get euthanized," said Schoon.

Schoon said the earlier a pet gets spayed or neutered, the better. Cats can start reproducing as early as four months of age and six months for dogs.

Also, there are many health benefits to getting your pet fixed, including less risk of reproductive cancers and improved temperament.

"We feel there needed to be some kind of emphasis on high volume, and that's what we want to do is a very high volume, low cost or affordable, but also at a very high quality," said Schoon.

Kathleen Schoon said a certified veterinarian performs the surgeries. Also, each animal gets a health evaluation when it arrives and if there are any concerns the owner is advised to take the pet to his or her regular veterinarian.

The clinic plans to work closely with area shelters and rescues as another tool in the prevention of unexpected and unwanted litters.

You can see the spay/neuter clinic for yourself during an open house on Saturday, February 16th from 1 to 5 p.m. The clinic is located at 6540 6th Street SW in Cedar Rapids. For more information call 319-363-1225.

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